Cubs Pitchers Spin Intrasquad Shutout at Riverview
James Norwood, Cory Abbott, Yovanny Cruz, and Scott Effross combined to toss a four-hit shutout, Kevin Zamudio drilled a two-run HR, a single, and a double, Nelson Velazquez singled, doubled, and walked, and Chris Carrier smacked a solo HR, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Sunday morning on John Arguello Way at the Rivervierw Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Donnie Dewees (acquired in a trade with KC Friday evening) played LF for four innings and collected a single and a SB.
RHRP James Norwood came over from MLB Camp and threw an easy 1-2-3 1st inning for the winning squad. Taylor Davis also came over to Minor League Camp to serve as Norwood's "personal" catcher, and as is the case when a pitcher on an MLB 40-man roster pitches in a Minor League game, Norwood gets to use the higher-quality MLB baseball (manufactured in Costa Rica) instead of the cheaper minor league model (which is manufactured in China).
RHSP Matt Swarmer left the game with a finger blister after warming up in the top of the 2nd (he had a 1-2-3 eleven-pitch 1st inning with two strikeouts). He was scheduled to work three innings or throw 45 pitches (whichever came first), but (as it turned out) that didn't happen.
Here is the box score from the game:
SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, R, SB)
1b. Austin Filiere, 3B: 1-2 (F-8 SF-DP, 1B, K, R, RBI)
2a. Charcer Burks, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, RBI, SB)
2b. Kevin Zamudio, 1B: 3-3 (1B, HR, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3a. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB)
4a. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (F-8, K)
4b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-3 (5-3, K, K)
5a. Taylor Davis, C: NO AB
5b. Chris Pieters, PH-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
5c. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
6a. Yeiler Peguero, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
6b. Gustavo Polanco, C 0-1 (5-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED 2nd TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
7a. Christian Donahue, 2B: 0-1 (3-U)
7b. Chris Singleton, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-8, F-7, R, SB)
8a. Roberto Caro, RF: 0-0 (BB)
8b. Rafael Narea, SS: 1-2 (1B, K, 6-3, SB)
9a. Michael Cruz, DH-C-DH: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
9b. Chris Carrier, PH-DH: 1-3 (K, HR, F-9, R, RBI)
SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1a. Evan Marzilli, CF-DH: 0-2 (K, K)
1b. Christopher Morel, PH-DH: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
2a. Donnie Dewees, LF: 1-2 (3-U, 1B, SB)
2b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-0 (HBP)
2c. Tyler Payne, C: 1-1 (1B)
3a. Robel Garcia, 3B: 0-1 (F-7)
3b. D. J. Wilson, PH-CF: 0-3 (F-8, F-7, 4-6-3 DP)
4a. Ian Rice, C 0-0 (BB)
4b. Brandon Hughes, PH-LF: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
5a. Austin Upshaw, 1B: 0-1 (P-2 DP)
5b. Eddy Julio Martinez, PH-RF: 1-3 (3-1, 1B, K)
6a. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 1-1 (3B)
6b. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-0 (BB, K)
7a. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-1 (K)
7b. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 0-2 (5-4 FC, F-7)
8a. Fernando Kelli, RF: 0-1 (K)
8b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3)
9a. Fidel Mejia, DH: 0-1 (3-U)
9b. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-2 (F-9, K)
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. James Norwood: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)
2. Cory Abbott: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Yovanny Cruz: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 4/3 GO/AO, 41 pitches (25 strikes)
4. Scott Effross: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Matt Swarmer: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (7 strikes)
2. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 7 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Ryan Kellogg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Zach Hedges: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 17 pitches (13 strikes)
5. Brailyn Marquez: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 48 pitches (28 strikes)
6. Faustino Carrera: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/AO, 44 pitches (28 strikes)
SQUAD "A" ERRORS:
SQUAD "B" ERRORS:
SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Michael Cruz: 0-1 CS
SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Eric Gonzalez: 0-2 CS
SQUAD "B" : OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF D. J. Wilson - Baserunner (Rafael Narea) thrown out 8-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd after F-8
WEATHER: Sunny & cloudless with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Arizona Phil 11 hours 29 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 14 hours 55 min ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.
Ryno 15 hours 32 min ago (view)
Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"? Isn't it just a sinker?
Ryno 15 hours 40 min ago (view)
In other words: This lineup sucks.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 57 min ago (view)
Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).
Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23.
Eric S 16 hours 2 min ago (view)
There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.
July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.
Cubster 16 hours 8 min ago (view)
On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.
Eric S 17 hours 35 min ago (view)
Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here: https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/
crunch 22 hours 11 min ago (view)
i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...
Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson.
Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again. Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season
BobbyD 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius?
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet. let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
"Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday. Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.
he sat out today with lower back tightness.
BobbyD 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.
8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.